What is "transparency"?

A popular expression these days, but some question whether it's just a slogan. As

For as much as the word has been thrown around this session, lawmakers don't seem to agree on its meaning. Some say transparency is the public's right to walk freely through the Capitol or access information. Some say it is the Legislature's ability to keep watch over the executive branch. Or, that it refers to the state budget.

One thing everyone agrees on is that transparency is a good thing. Knowing what the word means and how to achieve transparency, well, that's a little less transparent.

"It doesn't mean anything to me," said Attorney General Mike McGrath, who thinks the word is overused, and in most cases, inappropriately so. "I try to avoid using the word because it's trite and applied to anything people want to apply it to."

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